Creative exercise – Forest mandala

Published January 28, 2018, by Stina Axelson

Kickstarting creativity doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to have all your supplies at hand. The best resources are found around us, and for this creative exercise, we are borrowing from mother nature. A few weeks back me, Ann-Charlotte and Elin went to the woods to make mandalas.

What is a mandala

A mandala is a circular representation of the universe, originating in India thousands of years ago as an aid for meditation. They are often recreated through painting and powdered sand, but you can make one using whatever you have at hand. The shape of the creation is usually complex in detail and has one central point.

Why you should try to make your own mandala

Designing your own mandalas can be both inspirational and therapeutic. They are also great tools for meditation. The best thing about it is that you have the freedom to design whatever shapes and colors that express your current mood.

Check out these amazing artists for inspiration

Kathy Klein´s beautiful creations

Simon Becks huge snow mandalas

Human mandalas

And of course, our Swedish flower artist Hanna Wendelbo


To get your creativity going we have put together a few improvising exercises. Discovering new techniques, tools and materials will lead to new ideas and creativity will occur when you go against your own expectations and out of your comfort zone.

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See you out there!

//Stina, Craft Space

Stina Axelson

Stina Axelson

Always making and creating and fun to hang out with. She finds it hard to follow instructions and keeps a box of treasured papers.